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Memorable Manitobans: Florence Antoinette Matthews (c1930-2012)

Lawyer, judge.

Born at Benito around 1930, she attended Benito School then received a BA degree from United College. She graduated from the Manitoba Law School in 1955 then worked in Ottawa with the House of Commons and Department of External Affairs. She returned to Manitoba in 1959 and was called to the Manitoba Bar in March 1960. A New Democratic candidate for Churchill in the 1962 and 1963 federal general elections, as of 1963 she practiced law at Dauphin with her brother A. C. Matthews and later at Swan River before being made a Crown Attorney. She was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1971. She served as a Provincial Court Judge for the Dauphin Judicial District. She moved to Winnipeg in 1978 and retired in 2009. She served on the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission as of 1982. She died at the St. Boniface Hospital on 8 January 2012.


“New QCs include Zuken, two women,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 January 1971, page 9.

“Ten appointed Queen's counsel,” Winnipeg Tribune, 1 January 1971.

Liquor Commission appointments made,” Manitoba News Service, 5 March 1982.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 14 January 2012.

In memoriam,” The Law Society of Manitoba Communique, May 2012, page 11.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 April 2022

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